Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Thinking "Out of the Box"

Sometimes I get inspiration from the funniest things, out of no where. I was walking through Michael's and saw a whole pack of gift bags with handles. There must have been 15 bags in the bundle.

I immediately thought to myself, MINI ALBUM!! I imagined keeping the front and back page with the handles on and cutting the handles off the middle bags. So I brought them with me recently to a weekend crop and started working on them. It's a work in progress but I wanted to show you what I've come up with so far...those empty bags have become this...


I found scrapbook paper pack called "Vintage Collage Stack" also at Michael's and I did a lot of precise cutting out of images for the bags plus liberally used Prima flowers and lots of Tim Holtz inks. The backs, where I will be putting my pictures are looking like these..

I'm not sure how I'm going to attach it all at this point or if I will use the inside of the bags as well but as I said, it's a work in progress.
I just wanted to show you that you don't have to always spend a lot of money buying an album and can sometimes find some objects in stores that you can alter into something very useable and pretty. I'll show you it when I finish it so you can see how it turned out! Just do a little thinking outside the box!

10 comments:

  1. very cool Kip! I must confess I have a whole bundle of those very gift bags and I never saw a mini-album in the rough.... lol

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  2. Very Cooooool Idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. This is gorgeous!! What a great idea!

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  4. way cool idea....it would be really funny if you used insulated bags, to remind us how cold it was!

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  5. omg! i bought the same ones too (only the minies) mine are still naked.
    Those would be beautiful just to put gifts in Kip!!!

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  6. They have some similar in Home and Bargain just the handles are paper and thicker.

    Love the album :)

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  7. Those are really pretty Kip! Love your idea!

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  8. WOW! Love the papers you picked. Especially that blue flowered one in the second picture. TFS!

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  9. I love this idea, and they are much prettier in person!

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  10. great idea-want to run to Michaels!!

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